Board of Directors

The Willamalane Board of Directors is composed of five volunteer members elected by Springfield registered voters.  Each board member serves a four-year, “at large” (serves an entire area rather than a specific area) term of office.

To contact the Board, please send an email to   Please note, emails sent to elected officials are considered public records.
Click here to view board meeting information

Public Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) and work sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, as needed.   Meetings and work sessions begin at 6 pm in-person and virtually.  All meetings and work sessions are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Please call (541) 736-4002 to make arrangements.    

Upcoming Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Date Location Time
September 8, 2021 Click here to join virtually  6 p.m.
October 13, 2021

Virtual Option - Click here to join virtually
In-person Option- Ken Long Room at the Bob Keefer Center-250 S.32nd Street

6 p.m.

November 10, 2021

Virtual Option - Click here to join virtually
In-person Option- Ken Long Room at the Bob Keefer Center-250 S.32nd Street

6 p.m.

December 8, 2021

Virtual Option - Click here to join virtually
In-person Option- Ken Long Room at the Bob Keefer Center-250 S.32nd Street

6 p.m.

Meet the Board of Directors

board-directors-denise-beanPresident Denise Bean (Term: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025)  joined the board in 2011. Denise first came to Springfield in 1969 and as a child, she enjoyed many of the Willamalane programs including 4th-grade swim lessons.  She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and opened her business, Bean Counter Tax Services in Springfield in 1990.  In 2014 Denise was awarded “Business Person of the Year” at the Springfield Chamber Awards Banquet.  Denise has served Springfield as a Planning Commissioner, Board Member of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, the Main Street Design Committee,  the Willamalane Budget Committee, Springfield Rotary, Past President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Greeters, as well as a past treasurer of Thurston Elementary PTA, and past Board Member of Oregon Society of Enrolled Agents (IRS).  In 2010 Denise worked with a group of outstanding citizens to start Springfield City Club because she believes informed, involved citizens create a healthy vibrant community.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and grown children Jacob and Olivia.  In addition to Willamalane, her passions are leading hikes with our local Obsidian Hiking Club, playing her piano, and traveling the world.

board-directors-chris-wigVice President Chris Wig
(Term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023)  was elected to the Willamalane Board in 2019. He works at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, where he serves as the Director of the Focus Treatment Court program and is licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) and Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). He received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Chris and his fiance Celine love living in Springfield, and on the weekends you can find them enjoying coffee at the Washburne Cafe or walking Willamalane's 29 miles of paths and trails.

Portrait of man with gray hair, his name is Greg JamesDirector Greg James
 (Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023)  was appointed to the board in 2003. Greg was born in Springfield and prides himself on being a multi-generational Springfield citizen. Greg attended Springfield High School, Lane Community College, Portland Community College, and Linfield College and holds his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) professional certification. Besides serving as the longest-standing member of the Willamalane Board, Greg serves/has served on many local boards and committees including; Lane Council of Governments Board of Directors; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee; Springfield Planning Commission 2010-2018; Springfield Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee; Springfield Development Advisory Committee; Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Springfield Tomorrow Committee Chairperson 2005. He enjoys playing guitar and taking bicycle rides and hikes along the wonderful Willamalane paths/trails with his wife Brenda, two grown children and their spouses, and three young grandchildren. 

board-directors-renee-jonesDirector Renee Jones (Term July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025) was elected to the board in 2019. She grew up in Eugene and received degrees from North Eugene High School and Lane Community College.  She has served on the Willamalane Park Foundation, the Willamalane Budget Committee, the LCC English as a Second Language Advisory Board, the SMART Reading Advisory Board, and the BRING Home and Garden Tour planning committee.  Renee and her husband Scott have four adult children and two dogs and enjoy spending time in the outdoors.

Portrait of smiling man with brown hair and beard, his name is Brook ReinhardDirector Brook Reinhard
 (Term July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025)   was elected to the Willamalane Board in 2021. He grew up in Eugene, graduated from Springfield High School and the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, and then worked for several daily newspapers before attending Willamette University College of Law. Brook has been a public defender for the past 11 years, first in Roseburg and then in Eugene. He currently serves as the executive director of Public Defender Services of Lane County, where he helps protect the rights of people in our community who are accused of crimes who cannot afford an attorney of their own.  Brook’s past governmental service includes city of Roseburg planning commissioner, and member of the Oregon Legislature’s Police Profiling Task Force. He is vice president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a board member of the Lane County Bar Association and a member of the Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council. Brook and his wife Valerie have 7 children, and are deeply appreciative (and frequent users) of the services offered by Willamalane to the community, including parks, paths and community classes.


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